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Crash victim was local library volunteer

Crash victim was local library volunteer
Published 6 years ago | Updated 6 years ago

A woman who died following a crash with a van on the A1041 at Barlow has been named by police.

Barlby resident Halina Malinowska, known as Lusia, died in Leeds General Infirmary after being seriously injured in the collision that occurred at around 10:55 on Wednesday, 30 August. She was 69 years old.

Ms. Malinowska had been driving a black Ford Fiesta when it came into collision with a white Ford Connect on the notorious road, known locally as Camblesforth Straight.

A front seat passenger, a 63-year-old woman from Selby, also died in the collision. Police say they are not yet in a position to name her.

The driver of the white van, a 27-year-old man from Dewsbury, was taken to York District Hospital. He has since been discharged.

Ms. Malinowska's daughter Maria lead the tributes to her mother on behalf of her family. She said:

“My mum, Halina Malinowska, known as Lusia by most people, was the most beautiful, amazing, selfless, caring person I know.

“Always helping others, she was retired but volunteered her time at Barlby Library and Age UK, Selby's Tuesday Club at Drax Social Club and helped wherever she could.

“She was always ready to lend a hand or an ear, and this was for other people. She was a popular and well-loved member of the community.

“To me she was mum and to my children grandma. We were her world and she was ours.

“She was a massive ball of energy, always buzzing around - she'd leave you exhausted but loved.

“She made time for everything and everyone and truly lived life to the full.

“Another bright light has gone out in the world but never in our hearts.”

Enquiries are still ongoing to establish the full picture of what happened to cause the crash.

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or who saw either vehicle prior to the crash, to come forward to assist the investigation.

If you can help, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please quote reference number 12170155447 when providing details about this incident.

Ms. Malinowska will be laid to rest on 20 September.

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First published at 11:06 on Monday, September 18th, 2017.
Last updated at 12:58 on Monday, September 18th, 2017.